Meet the Cardrona Parks Squad ski coaches! The team is internationally flavoured, highly-qualified & includes some of New Zealand’s best freeski coaches.
Pete (AKA Boris) grew up in Poprad, Slovakia but has called Wanaka home for a long time now & considers himself an honorary half Kiwi. He is stoked whenever snow is falling & his dream skiing destination is Alaska. Pete is inspired by anyone who gives it 100% & his most memorable mountain moment is the Kaumatua opening the season at Cardrona last year.
Pete was a professional mogul athlete back in the day, but made the move into freeski coaching as the sport exploded in popularity. Pete has coached a large number of New Zealand athletes to the top of the sport who have become known on the international freeski stage. He has coached a few of the current HPC Parks Squad coaches & continues to work with high performance athletes as well as younger developing athletes. He has his Masters in Physical Education from the University of Commenius Bratislava, Slovakia. His countless seasons coaching freeskiing & his own personal competitive history make him an invaluable member of the HPC team. Pete loves coaching because he’s stoked to see athletes progress & he thinks a holistic approach to athlete development is of utmost importance.
Thanks to: Cardrona for providing world-class training facilities year in & year out.
Brad (AKA Paddles) grew up on the Kapiti Coast in Wellington but now calls Wanaka home. Brad loves all sports in general, but is especially stoked when he is surfing, skiing or playing a round of golf. When Brad was young & agile his dream ski destinations were the terrain parks at Whistler & Mammoth, but now he’s a bit older & fragile he loves shredding powder in Japan and Colorado. People who are driven to succeed & are prepared to work hard to earn their success inspire him.
Brad is currently completing an economics & sports psychology degree at Massey University. He has previously competed at an international level in both slopestyle & halfpipe & was the New Zealand champion in both disciplines. He is the director/owner & head coach of Freeski Academy which is a coaching program aimed at Kiwi freeskiers based in Breckenridge, Colorado. Brad loves coaching because he gets to share his expertise & help athletes develop their skiing, & influence their lives in a positive way. Brad thinks there are many important components to an athlete’s development but if you want to find out you need to jump on board the Cardrona Parks Squad!
Tommy considers New Zealand his home but he lives split between Wanaka & Colorado. He is most stoked when in the backcountry on his snowmobile & his dream skiing destination is India. Watching how freeskiing develops each year inspires Tommy – it is amazing to see what is possible.
Tommy is highly qualified in both ski instructing & snowboard instructing but has always had a passion for coaching freeski. He now focuses primarily on developing his skills as a pipe & park coach. Tommy is also a talented photographer with his skiing photos regularly getting printed in ski magazines. He loves coaching because he gets to watch & be a part of athletes’ long-term progression. Tommy believes a lot of things are really important for athlete development but McDonald’s definitely isn’t one of them!
Luke grew up in San Luis Obispo in California but has been based between Mammoth Mountain & Cardrona for the last 3 years. Luke is stoked any time he gets to ski with a positive group of friends & his dream snowy destination is Japan to ski epic powder. He is inspired in life by anyone who is able to escape the grind & make a career for him or herself in the outdoor world. Those people are helping to make outdoor careers more & more accessible to each generation.
Luke studied Environmental Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara but he always had a strong pull towards living in the mountains. After his first season teaching skiing at Mammoth he was hooked & has been teaching & coaching for the last 6 seasons back to back. Luke loves to coach because of the satisfaction when you click with an athlete & are able to work really well together, & the resulting success an athlete has because of this amazing connection. He believes the most important element for an athlete’s development is trust in their coach.